WR Darius Slayton
While Darius Slayton still needs to prove he can be a high-impact receiver from game-to-game, he has made some tantalizing plays that make it easy to envision him becoming one of the NFL’s most dangerous deep threats.
Slayton has already caught 15 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns, while averaging 15.7 yards per reception, and also had a 31-yard touchdown catch taken off the board by a pass interference penalty called on wide receiver Damion Ratley.
One of Jones’ favorite targets, Slayton accounts for 21 percent of the second-year quarterback’s passing yards and both of his touchdown catches.
“Darius has done an excellent job for us,” Giants offensive coordinator Jason Garrett said Thursday. “It seems like every time we go his direction, he’s able to make plays for us. He’s continued to do that week after week. He continues to grow as a player, and is really doing some positive things.”
While tight end Evan Engram has been a non-factor, Sterling Shepard has been out for three weeks due to turf toe, and Golden Tate has been wildly inconsistent, Slayton has been the engine that jumpstarts the Giants’ offense. Now, the challenge is getting him more involved from game to game, which might come with more time on the field with Jones.
Matt Lombardo is the site expert for GMenHQ, and writes Between The Hash Marks each Wednesday for FanSided. Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattLombardoNFL.